You’re A Miracle To Me…

I’m here in the hospital with my wife and 6 week premature daughter Cadence Marie.  I’m exhausted, excited, enthusiastic and many other E words.

I have so much to write, and nothing to say at the same time.  So for today, it’s a song.

Her name came in the summer of 2000.  I was 23, living large, and life was good.  I was at a cafe’ in Stafford, Virginia reading comic books while military cadences played in the background.  No music, just the rhythm of the voices caused me to bob and sway.  It connected to my DNA like God was spinning a song on my soul like a DJ.

As I slept that night, a name floated across my dreamscape.  A girl’s name.  When I awoke, the same name stuck with me as I showered and brushed teeth.

Cadence.

I started calling her the “child of promise.”  She wasn’t necessarily promised to me, but I liked how that sounded.  Her name resonated with me like unto how a hummingbird’s wings breathe against the air.  Cadence.  Cadence.

This song came out a few years ago by Anberlin.  There is a rock version, but I like the acoustic better.  The lyrics are:

 

Write down, to remind yourself
on how it can be, how it can be
Heartstrings, you’re tugging at
my heartstrings, my heartstrings
Helpless, I have become so helpless
to your touch, oh touch me somehow
Restless, you leave me restless
breathless wait for me

The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God
You’re a miracle to me
The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God
You’re a miracle to me

Burning, like Joan of Arc
to see you, just to feel you
Cadence, well I’d dance with the dead
’cause I believe, yes I believe, yes I believe
Stifle, Paul said that you
stifle him again and again and again

The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God
You’re a miracle to me
The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God
You’re a miracle to me

And if these are my parting words
Grant me this, my last request
Hold me here, until I sleep
If I burn, then I burn for you

The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God

The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God

The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God
You’re a miracle to me
The closer I come to you
the closer I am to finding God
You’re a miracle to me

 

I love my wife and our daughter.  She’s a miracle to us…


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  • I’ve always thought that Cadence was the perfect name for your future daughter ever since you first mentioned it a few years ago. I am glad to read the full, beautiful story behind the name now. 🙂 This song is very touching and so incredibly fitting. I really am truly happy for you and Stephanie, and feel blessed by how much I know the birth of your daughter means to both of you. 🙂

  • Also, I was born 6 weeks early too, and was only a little over 4 pounds myself! 🙂 From one 6 week premature girl to another, I will pray for Cadence Marie’s health and happiness throughout her life. I already know she is and will be fully loved always. 🙂

  • No way, you were 6 weeks early? I never knew, although I suppose that doesn’t come up in casual conversation. Thanx for the prayers and kind words. Also, check out the song of the week on the sidebar, I sat here last night moved to tears listening to Aaron singing about his daughter.

  • Hey Jermaine. Jim and I are working out a payment plan for you to pay us to not tell Cadence all the stories we could tell about her Dad. We’ll be in touch. It will be reasonable, most likely on a monthly basis.

  • I literally laughed out loud on this one. Good gravy…I suppose quite a few stories have accumulated over the last 17 years. All good, but oh oh so embarassing…l just might have to take you up on that offer.

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